WINTER IS COMING…
Summer has ended and the days are getting cooler and you know what that means – it’s almost time to close your seasonal cottage for the winter. Avoid costly surprises when the snow melts with these helpful tips.
- Clean off your boat before storing it away for
the season. This could prevent deterioration
- Have your boat professionally winterized if
possible, which includes getting the engine
flushed to prevent blockages, fogging the
motor and having fuel stabilizer added to
your fuel tanks.
- A boat can be a desirable winter home for
small animals. Avoid coming back to an
unpleasant surprise in the spring by properly
covering your boat. The best way to do this
is by using shrink wrap.
- Don’t let your cottage become a host to a
family of raccoons, mice or other critters.
Before you close down your cottage for the
season, check for any areas where animals
could possibly get in and block them off.
Using a chimney cap can help prevent
animals from entering the cottage through
- Drain and shut down your water systems
before the winter to prevent frozen or
- If you don’t have electrical items that you
need to run over the winter (like a sump
pump, outdoor lights or alarm system),
we recommend turning off the electricity
at your cottage while you’re gone. At
a minimum, you should unplug major
appliances to prevent issues and/or fires.
- Inspect your roof. Have broken or missing
shingles replaced before the snow starts
to fall and ensure your gutters are free of
debris to avoid potential leaks.
- Remove any items that could potentially
catch fire like old papers, chemicals or rags.
- Adjust the temperature of your cottage.
If you have a furnace and you want to
leave it running over the winter, set the
temperature to a minimum of 10°C to
prevent frost buildup. If you’re planning to
turn the heat off entirely for the season,
ensure you also turn off the gas and empty
your water pipes to prevent freezing.
- Don’t forget about it – check on your cottage
to minimize potential damage.